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Face Masks 101

Save a life – Save your life

With all of the uncertainties and daily changes in the world; sadly face masks have become a way of life for all of us; a staple so to speak. Here at NovaSpine, we have seen the creativity and generosity of so many people and patients making and providing individuals with face masks; however in order to ensure everyone’s safety and to reduce and slow the spread of the coronavirus or any communicable disease; masks need to be worn correctly and you should continue to follow all of the social distancing guidelines.  Don’t fall into a false sense of security just because you are wearing a mask. Remember, face masks are ineffective if worn improperly.

When putting on your mask, it should securely cover your nose and mouth. It should be placed toward the bridge of your nose and cover your mouth entirely. It should fit snugly and comfortably against your face and never restrict your ability to breathe normally.  DO NOT wear your mask below your nose or around your neck. You should refrain from touching and/or adjusting your mask or face to avoid cross contamination; this may take some getting used to.

It is recommended that you wash your hands before putting your mask on and again after taking it off. Disposable masks are exactly that; disposable and should be thrown away daily or after each use if worn in a high risk area. Cloth masks on the other hand can be reused; however should be cleaned regularly.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask any of the providers or staff here at NovaSpine Pain Institute. We’re here to help!

Be safe – stay safe

Terrie Pasch, PA-C Terrie’s career began over twenty-five years ago when she became a certified emergency paramedic. She has been working in pain management since November of 2011. Her passionate desire to practice medicine, pursue lifelong learning, and provide superior healthcare to patients is what led her to pursue the career that she chose. Her patients know her for her great bedside manner, strong people skills and great communication with them. Terrie received her bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University in biology and went on to Midwestern University to get her masters in medical science in Physician Assistant studies. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and camping and spending time with her husband, three children and four grandchildren. She and her daughter enjoy baking their famous sugar cookies together. Terrie is currently seeing patients at our Sun City and Sun City West locations.

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